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Blue Star Museums free to active military & families Memorial Day to Labor Day

More than 2,000 museums particpate in the Blue Star Museum program.
More than 2,000 museums particpate in the Blue Star Museum program.
Courtesy NEA

More than 2,000 museums nationwide are participating in the fifth year of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free entry to active duty military and their families during the summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day, May 26-Sept. 1, 2014.

The free admission program is available to active duty U.S. military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps) and spouses of deployed personnel. A bearer of the proper identification can receive free admission for up to five family members.

Participating Pasadena museums are The Gamble House, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art and Pasadena Museum of History. Contact information is listed below.

“We are honored to welcome our military families this summer,” PMH Executive Director Jeannette O’Malley said. The summer exhibition at PMH is Crown City Jubilee, a history of 11 long-standing institutions in Pasadena.

“We are particularly delighted to be able to share with them an overview of the richly diverse and complex array of businesses and organizations that have shaped this City and will continue to do so in the future. So often military personnel find themselves far away from home; we hope Crown City Jubilee will evoke fond memories in those who call Pasadena their hometown, and make our visitors from elsewhere feel truly at home.”

The program is a collaboration of the museums with the NEA, Blue Star Families and Department of Defense. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

Visitors must have one of the following forms of identification:

  • Geneva Convention common access card (CAC)
  • DD Form 1173 ID card
  • DD Form 1173-1 ID card

Museum info

The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena
(626) 793-3334

Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 449-6840

Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 E. Union St., Pasadena
(626) 568-3665

Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena
(626) 798-6272

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